MATCH REPORT: FOREST HILLS SENIORS -V- THE SENIORS AT SHERDONS – AWAY -28/6/18.
Glorious weather continued to shine on a dry but verdant well manicured course. The greens played true and a bit of a light breeze helped to keep players fresh. So all was set for a fine contest.
Captain Mike Steward had finally decided to play with John Bodnar rather than Pete Chisholm. What an excellent move. Mike walked off with a winning par on the 1st and decided he didn’t have to do anymore!. Opposing Captain Richard then hit a purple patch and Sherdons were 3 up. So2 down on the turn and Mike was still laid back – horizontal. However, John had learnt a lot about this course on the front 9 and began to use his shots with great affect. His par on the 15th brought the game to all square. Fired up he pared the 16th. On the 17th he then played a most exquisite chip over a bunker that then rolled 7ft for a par [with a shot!!!!!!] 9 inch gimme! WIN 2 UP
Newcomer MARK WOOD thoroughly enjoyed his first outing with the Seniors Match Play team. His partner BILL PEFFERS had shots and course knowledge. They made a formidable pair and were quickly 3 up.But away from home is never easy and when they stood on the tenth they were only 1 up. Nip and tuck ensued until wily Bill using his skill and shots eased Forest Hills into a secure lead. WIN 3 & 2.
PETE CHISHOLM and late replacement MARTIN SOLLARS as a pair finished 8 under gross. Great golf guys. Believe it or not this was not good enough with Pete giving shots that the opposition took without even a ‘thank you’. Sherdons finished 6 under gross and Forest HillSLOST 3 & 2.
‘I enjoyed the walk’ was Geoff Pearson’s final comment on his game. Colin White left the course beaming! So two 28 hcp Forest Hills Seniors won the day. Well played Colin and I know that you were supported by Geoff all the way [with his new clubs]. WIN 3 & 2.
JOHN HUMPHRIES had to play off scratch and his partner MIKE CONNON only had 8 shots. Just never enough. It was a really close game – all square after 12. Then UNLUCKY 13 both balls lost = 1 down and then the opposition squeezed a par with a shot on the 17th and it was all over. LOSS 2 & 1.
So 3 wins against 2 with one result to come in. The Forest Hills Pairing of STEVE KEEPAX and ROGER PREECE gelled really well and were 2 up at the turn and quickly found themselves 3 up. Did the heat get to them? All square at the 16th with 2 holes to go. Local knowledge and skill won the day. LOSS 2 DOWN.
So an honourable draw 3 v 3 was celebrated in the bar afterwards with much banter and badinage, a wonderful cold meat salad, Eton Mess and a warm invite from Forest Hills to our home match in October.